Becoming a Professional Teacher
School of Education
Why Teach?
It’s fun
It’s exciting
It’s warm
It’s varied
It’s sociable
It’s everywhere
It makes a difference
Teaching as a career
• Good conditions of employment
• Well defined career structure
• Positive opportunities for professional
• Good opportunities for personal
• Constant challenge and change
Some facts and figures
• Secondary schools
• Secondary pupils
• Secondary teachers
• 387
• 316,368
• 24,552
• Primary schools
• Primary pupils
• Primary teachers
• 2,271
• 420,523
• 22,289
New blood each year
The number of ‘new’ teachers entering the
profession at the beginning of the academic
session 2003-4 was approximately 2200.
Secondary teaching subjects
Business education
Home economics
Modern studies
Modern languages
Religious education
Technological education
Annual Salary
For probationary teachers
Salary scales
• Currently more than 50% of
secondary teachers are in
promoted posts and so are
earning substantially more than
the basic scale.
How to apply
• You must have a University Degree or
• For Secondary teaching you must have the
equivalent of Higher English
• In your degree you must have studied the
subject you wish to teach to a certain depth.
This is specified in the ‘Memorandum’
• You must apply through GTTR
• You must satisfy a selection panel
Selection criteria
Personality and confidence
Interest in teaching
Interest in young people
Ability to articulate ideas clearly and
The Programme
Two Components
•Learning and Teaching in Secondary
Schools ( LTSS)
•Teaching ( Subject ) in Secondary Schools
Teaching ( Subject ) in Secondary Schools
This focuses on the subject specialism of
each student.
These two components are delivered in
School of Education
Learning and Teaching in Secondary
Schools ( LTSS)
This addresses professional issues which
are common to all students.
(Some choice is offered through a menu of
“Specialist Professional Topics”)
School Experience
• 18 of the 36 weeks are spent in schools –
this is the same for the Secondary and
Primary Programmes
• 2/3 different schools in blocks of
approximately 6 weeks each.
• Students are supported through the
Teacher Regent Scheme.
Professional Induction
Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools
• child development
• curriculum
• assessment principles and practice
• classroom management
• learning theories
• Child development
• equal opportunities
Personal & social development
Special educational needs
Dealing with sensitive issues
Protection of children from abuse
Professional Induction
Teaching (subject) in Secondary Schools
• What is chemistry?
• Why teach chemistry?
• Why study chemistry?
• Introduction to Standard Grade Chemistry.
• Practical techniques in chemistry.
• A critical approach to practical work.
Teaching And Learning
• Microteaching.
• Problem solving in
• Teaching for
understanding concept mapping.
• Language in
• Resources for
chemistry teachers.
• ‘H’ Grade Chemistry
• Chemistry in a
• Constructivism in
Professional Practice
• Self-evaluation
• Critical reflection
• Autonomous/independent learning
• Commitment
Probation and Induction
• There is a new Teacher Induction Scheme
which is designed to give teachers the
best possible start to their career. An
offer of a one-year training post in a
Scottish school will be made to all
students who successfully complete their
Initial Teacher Education with a salary of
£18,522 for the ten months in post.
The PGDE(P) Programme
• Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools
(LTPS) covers the underpinning theory,
knowledge and understanding in primary
curriculum subjects
• Four blocks of teaching experience,
including all stages from nursery to P7
How To Apply – PGDE(P)
• As well as your degree, you must have the
equivalent of Higher English and at least
Standard Grade Maths at Credit Level
• A broad range of subjects, appropriate to the
Primary School curriculum, is also
recommended – Science, Social Subjects,
Expressive Arts, RME, Technology, Modern
How To Apply – PGDE(P)
• You should apply through GTTR
• You require a reference from someone who
knows about your work with children
• You should include relevant information in
your personal statement – sell yourself!
• You will be interviewed and will be ranked
according to your performance, experience
and qualifications
What to do to prepare
• Get some experience of working with
children in an educational context
• Read up about educational issues
• Research what is happening in your
subject area
• Apply in plenty of time
• There are 108 students on the course this
• Almost 200 people were interviewed, based
on the information contained in their GGTR
• More than double that number applied

Becoming a Professional Teacher